recording of The Canterbury Tales
, by Geoffrey Chaucer.
The Canterbury Tales
is a collection of stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century (two of them in prose, the rest in verse). The tales, some of which are originals and others not, are contained inside a frame tale and told by a group of pilgrims on their way from Southwark to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.
The themes of the tales vary, and include topics such as courtly love, treachery, and avarice. The genres also vary, and include romance, Breton lai, sermon, beast fable, and fabliau. The characters, introduced in the General Prologue of the book, tell tales of great cultural relevance.
The version read here was edited by D. Laing Purves "for popular perusal" and the language is mostly updated.
(Summary by Wikipedia/Gesine)
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August 25, 2011
Wife of Bath's Tale Review
Excellent reading of the middle english text (untranslated, thanks!) with modern vowels. Very listenable and clear.
June 4, 2011
Very Poor Middle English
It is obvious that this reader has studied little or no Middle English pronunciation. If it is your intent to listen to this recording to improve your Middle English, search for Jess B Bessinger Jr.'s reading of the General Prologue.